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Best science and technology pictures of the week

The most amazing pictures from the past seven days – featuring biblical swarms, reaching out into space, and jumping rats.<p>For more photos from Nasa Astronaut Chris Hadfield follow @Cmdr_Hadfield on Twitter.<p>To see all 50 images in the Smithsonian’s annual photo competition visit its gallery, where …

Building a new society in space

If any mission to the Moon or Mars is successful, how will people behave when they are free from Earth’s influence? Our space correspondent searches for answers.<p>I like Star Trek as much as the next person. Probably more. But one thing has always bothered me: life on the Starship Enterprise may …

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Flying cars: Radical concept design aims high

An ambitious firm has revealed their plans for a new type of personal air transport vehicle that takes off and lands like a helicopter. Will the idea fly?<p>I received an email this week from a researcher based in Los Angeles, who I wanted to interview. “I hope to be back before 4pm,” it read. “Of …

Are Jupiter’s moons our best chance to find alien life?

We have good reason to believe that some of Jupiter’s moons could have life. A new probe mission aims to head there and find out.<p>Opportunity, the older (and smaller) rover cousin of Curiosity made the headlines last week when it discovered more conditions that could have supported life on Mars in …

Why 3D Printing Is Overhyped (I Should Know, I Do It For a Living)

Everyone's now aware of 3D printing — they’ve read about it in the papers, on blogs or seen it on TV. The mentality now seems to be that, in the …

Google TV: silent but not forgotten at I/O 2013

Android is coming to our TVs, but has Google already lost the battle for the living room?<p>It's easy to miss the Google TV booth here at I/O 2013, hidden in the corner of the third floor. That may not be an accident: there was apparently no room in the company's sprawling three-and-a-half-hour …

Dell's Project Ophelia will turn any HDTV into an Android computer this May

Dell introduced Project Ophelia to the world at CES back in January, and now it's revealed shipping timeframes for the Android-powered MHL stick. Ophelia will ship in May to developers, with cable providers and telecoms able to buy it in July. A consumer release will follow shortly thereafter. When …

New MacBook Air imminent?

Signs may point to a refresh of Apple's popular MacBook Air. Possibly next month.<p>AppleInsider said Friday that at large online retailers like MacConnection, stock has vanished for the popular 13.3-inch Air with a 1.8GHz processor and 256GB solid-state drive.<p>That said, Best Buy has stock, but it's …

Android has become a hedge against Microsoft and Windows

Hewlett-Packard rolled out another Android device this week. This could become a pattern as PC makers hedge against a world that's less about Microsoft and more about Google.<p>On Tuesday, the largest PC maker in the world -- a dubious distinction these days -- added a laptop-tablet hybrid to its …

PS4's 'play while downloading' feature arrives on PS3 first with 'The Last of Us'

With the PlayStation 4, Sony is trying to lower the friction in buying games from PSN by letting you start playing games while they're still downloading. Now it looks like the new feature will actually make it to the PlayStation 3 in time for the PSN release of Naughty Dog’s anticipated <i>The Last of</i> …

NASA And Google Partner To Work With A D-Wave Quantum Computer

D-Wave, the Canadian-based company that is the first to offer a commercial quantum computer, announced today that it’s sold its second $10 million D-Wave Two system. The contract is between the Universities Space Research Association and D-Wave. Google, USRA, and NASA will be collaborating on the …